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Honolulu police officer arrested for DUI put on restricted duty

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:13 p.m. HST, Apr 02, 2013

Honolulu Police Lt. Colin Wong, who was arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant on Good Friday weekend in Waikiki, will be placed on restricted duty in the police department’s specialized services division.

Wong was arrested in Waikiki around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday after hitting a parked car near the Modern Honolulu Hotel on Ala Moana Boulevard.

He was released after posting $1,000 in bail.

Wong has been with the police department for 27 years.

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Surfer_Dude wrote:
Restrictive duty. Then what? If convicted will he lose his license? Will his insurance rates go up? Will he have to go to diversion? Will he go to jail? If he loses his license, how will he get to work? Sleep well Honolulu, your cops are driving drunk at one of the busiest intersections in the city.
on April 2,2013 | 10:01AM
Sunny wrote:
None of the above....
on April 2,2013 | 10:19AM
billygoat wrote:
Surfer dude - you got busted recently? U sound like u got a chip on your shoulder. Stop generalizing and think before writing - u sound stupid
on April 2,2013 | 02:33PM
localguy wrote:
HPD will have one chance to show they do not give their officers any special treatment. Let him be treated just like any other person caught DUI, same fines, same penalties, same loss of driver's license and breath analyzer installed in his personal auto. Sad to see this officer has lost the ability to "Lead by example". Now he has a vote of no confidence, his HPD career is over.
on April 2,2013 | 11:03AM
eoe wrote:
Umm, they have already shown they do not give special treatment by arresting him. It is now in the court's hands.
on April 2,2013 | 12:12PM
serious wrote:
eoe, I wish that were true but I bet his Union comes to protect him and finds some prejudice or some other factor in his arrest and throw it out. Remember the two HD police officers who were caught in Vegas selling hash and the Chief said he knew about it but didn't want to hassle with the union?
on April 2,2013 | 12:35PM
kainalu wrote:
This guy isn't rank and file, he's a Lt., aka, "management". Not so sure the Union covers him.
on April 2,2013 | 02:15PM
BRock wrote:
I think your understanding of that past situation is very wrong. I think that if you would bother to check facts, before you open your mouth, you would find that both officers in the Las Vegas case were fired.
on April 2,2013 | 06:48PM
BRock wrote:
I think that HPD has already done that you twit.
on April 2,2013 | 06:45PM
RichardCory wrote:
The cops who arrested him still have to show up at court for his case. If they don't show, case dismissed. How much do you want to bet they don't show?
on April 3,2013 | 06:52AM
silvangold wrote:
You think?
on April 2,2013 | 11:10AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Wow, this guy, showing up for work, with his mugshot in the news. The embarrassment must be killing him.
on April 2,2013 | 11:27AM
false wrote:
Got to face the music eh?
on April 2,2013 | 11:49AM
allie wrote:
No wonder Keeaumoku is crime city. HPD is a joke. We need federal intervention out here
on April 2,2013 | 11:54AM
ezridah wrote:
like agent Deedy ?
on April 2,2013 | 12:40PM
allie wrote:
on April 2,2013 | 01:40PM
silvangold wrote:
HEY YOURSELF. you're either hey-ing or yikes-ing or you don't like things here - just leave, believe me, you'll (must be anyways) be happier ?????
on April 2,2013 | 01:52PM
AmbienDaze wrote:
agree 100% sil, but you for got the "hon".
on April 2,2013 | 07:50PM
Terii_Kelii wrote:
Thanks, hon.
on April 3,2013 | 02:39AM
silvangold wrote:
you dont like it here? LEAVE
on April 2,2013 | 01:50PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
Keeaumoku is crime city because society has tolerated the accumulation of Dolts who lack any appreciable level of intelligence or work ethic and thus are incapable of performing any job that requires either...a prime example of which would be the resident section 8 recipient ALL-LIE.
on April 2,2013 | 02:22PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
oh, I forgot...hon
on April 2,2013 | 02:24PM
false wrote:
Bradda what were you thinking when you got in the car after having a "few". I guess you weren't thinking about your career on the line. Really sorry this had to happen.
on April 2,2013 | 11:48AM
Graham wrote:
Isn't his license supposed to be suspended automatically since he refused the blood test and the field test???
on April 2,2013 | 11:55AM
cojef wrote:
Good question???? HE has over 25 years of service according to another media source, so he should be at the age of retirement, so best if he should move on. His career has no upward mobility prospects with this arrest on his record, unless he has a special guru upstairs in the department. Also, better he is on restrictive duty, than on administrative leave with pay, pending the outcome of his arrest.
on April 2,2013 | 12:10PM
jess wrote:
Yes and no, you can have your employer sign a waiver for you to drive during work hours for work purposes.
on April 2,2013 | 12:59PM
Bully wrote:
HPD should retire this embarrasment. retire or be fired.
on April 2,2013 | 12:01PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
HPD should seek alcohol counseling for him. Take care of sick.
on April 2,2013 | 12:37PM
Kaleo744 wrote:
They should be held accountable with a zero tolerance policy.
on April 2,2013 | 12:39PM
808comp wrote:
He will walk ! Judge will give him probation,and a fine.
on April 2,2013 | 12:46PM
Nocturnal wrote:
All this is is a charge. He isn't convicted and the likelihood of him being convicted of DUI is really slim. He will probably either be found not guilty or be found for something much less harsh and he will get his job back. Does anyone remember when Clyde Arawaka was photographed talking and laughing with his fellow comrades after plowing down and murdering Dana Ambrose.
on April 2,2013 | 12:51PM
Bdpapa wrote:
There is a protocol for handling this type of situation. I don't know what it is, but it is a criminal charge and the City needs to handle it in the Civil Service arena.
on April 2,2013 | 12:57PM
jess wrote:
Like it was yesterday. And he had the nerve to say his liver could handle.
on April 2,2013 | 01:00PM
LMO wrote:
This guy can use the Arakawa defense, and say he has a "Practiced Liver!"
on April 3,2013 | 02:35AM
rayhawaii wrote:
Don't talk, everyone makes mistakes and I am sure whom ever is complaining about this person will have it happen to themselves. I've seen it plenty times.
on April 2,2013 | 12:53PM
Papio001 wrote:
Hopefully MADD will be watching this very closely.
on April 2,2013 | 12:58PM
chryw8 wrote:
specialized services division...isn't it the SWAT department?
on April 2,2013 | 01:37PM
AmbienDaze wrote:
i think maybe he assigned to the The Helicopter Section, cuz he already flying high.
on April 2,2013 | 07:56PM
pueouhane wrote:
Reading all these blood thirsty comments should help the bruddah do the smart thing, retire and go work in the private sector. Enough already.
on April 2,2013 | 01:38PM
96706 wrote:
This man needs to be STRIPPED of his title and dismissed from HPD for ever and ever!! What an example is this to the community? Besides he was the one who killed that 19 year old years ago and got away with just a slap on his hand! Talk about in CAHOOTS!!
on April 2,2013 | 01:58PM
GorillaSmith wrote:
According to http://www.honolulupd.org/department/index.php?page=ssd HPD's specialized services division ia comprised of the SWAT Team, Bomb Unit, Canine Unit and Helicopter Section. Is it too much to ask that the public be notified if this clown is issued an assault rifle, explosives, a police dog and/or a chopper?
on April 2,2013 | 02:07PM
BRock wrote:
Why would you feel that you have a right to know these things?
on April 2,2013 | 06:44PM
GorillaSmith wrote:
Oh, I don't know. It just strikes me as fair to enable the public to take evasive action in the event HPD decides, in its infinite wisdom, to issue one or more or these lethal tools to an out of control drunk.
on April 2,2013 | 07:45PM
Poipounder808 wrote:
Are you confused? Arakawa got arrested for that case and got 20 years. This guy has never been arrested before.
on April 2,2013 | 03:25PM
Rickyboy wrote:
Should be placed somewhere else for the sake of integrity of the specialized services division.
on April 2,2013 | 04:10PM
BRock wrote:
People need to keep this in perspective. DUI is a misdemeanor offense, not a felony. Normally, for a first offender, the courts suspend the license for a short period of time, impose a fine of about $250, and make the offender attend an alcohol rehab course. That is the most that will happen to the officer. However, HPD may impose its own sanctions against him and he may will likely see a few days of suspension if he is convicted. Probably the embarrassment that this guy feels right now is the worst of his troubles.
on April 2,2013 | 06:42PM
Terii_Kelii wrote:
So how long have you been a police officer?
on April 3,2013 | 02:41AM
AmbienDaze wrote:
is that his mugshot? cuz he no look drunk to me. if i were him, i would have made a face like Joseph Tui Jr.
on April 2,2013 | 08:01PM
yojimbo wrote:
this guy is an officer of the hpd. imagine, if you were an officer of bank of hawaii, or first hawaiian bank. you would be fired, not put on a cruise job, making your same pay. nothing will happen to this guy. he will probably get a promotion. chief loui kealoha is the worst chief hpd ever had. look at all the cops that got into trouble under his watch, and how they got off. and kealloha will be getting a big raise. we deserve it, just like we deserve mrc and apple at uh. we are so lolo. lolol. .lol
on April 2,2013 | 09:44PM
Terii_Kelii wrote:
It is the union that keeps them on. When an officer gets arrested elsewhere, they are immediately terminated, even BEFORE going to trial. In Hawaii, SHOPO issues its form letter response that the officer is a good guy who just makes mistakes, and then the officer keeps the job. It is just a way to say that HPD can break laws that everyone else cannot. So where do we sign up? Everyone else wants the chance to break laws with such blatant callousness, too.
on April 3,2013 | 02:44AM
skip876 wrote:
I know this man personally we were classmates in Niu Valley. A very good man. Please do not judge him by the mistakes anyone is capable of.
on April 3,2013 | 03:01AM
soundofreason wrote:
What f fine example. I'm sure it was his first time driving under the influence and a freak coincidence that this accident happened ON his first time :/ Yeah, no need for concern here. Has anybody bothered to check if he's now taking the bus to work?
on April 3,2013 | 06:49AM
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